I am blocked from my Ubuntu
I have Ubuntu 10.04 on one side of my PC and today I was using the Ubuntu side. Things were going along just fine, no problems. Then I decided to install openoffice.org suites. The installation seemed to be going along normally, then without a warning of any kind. My desktop background came up. But there was something wrong. Sure the image was there but nothing else, the icons for Firefox, Thunderbird, Opera even Evolution and the others normally across the top banner were not there. I started tapping keys to no avail. The only thing I managed to do was to get to the 'opening' page but it too was blank. I clicked the power button a couple times only succeeded in shutting the PC off. I waited a few moments then turned it on and when the option came up whether to switch to Windows XP side or Ubuntu, well I clicked the Ubuntu side. My thinking was it was a glitch and the sign in box would pop up and that would be that. No sign in box, nothing but the Ubuntu screen with nothing else. Once again I fruitless tapped numerous keys hoping something would click and I would at least be able to sign in, but like before no such luck. As before I tapped the power button several times and the PC was shut off. When I restarted it, this time I did not select Ubuntu and within a few moments I was back on the Windows side.
I have never heard of something like this happening to any Linux distro and especially not to an Ubuntu one. I am at a loss to understand what happened? Did my attempt to install OpenOffice.Org Suites in some way caused my Ubuntu to crash? If I had open office already installed would the installation have gone forward or would I have been told; "OpenOffice" already installed. I got no such warning, just a sudden blank desktop.
I still have the installation disk. If necessary I will reinstall Ubuntu 10.04 but before I do I am hoping someone here might have an idea what happened and what I can do to rectify the situation.